New Delhi, Apr 30: It is one of the rare sights to behold on a cricket pitch. Bowlers love them. You would be wondering what is this about? We are talking about fast bowlers breaking bats with blistering deliveries on the 22 yards.
Former cricketers have always been fascinated with today's bats. They feel even edges fly to the boundaries, putting the bowlers at a disadvantage. Present day bats are doing wonders for batsmen. Must be to do with the wood which is used to manufacture them.
But with innovations in the game, bats have become lighter and easier for fast bowlers to break them. Even as the ball flies off the bat, bowlers can afford to have their share of success with crushing the bats and stumps.
One such sight was witnessed at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium on Sunday when Umesh Yadav's express delivery split Ajinkya Rahane's bat at the handle. The bat flying was a treat to watch for the bowler himself and millions of TV audience.
It was replayed a couple of times during live telecast of the game. The one beneficiary who is not complaining about this damage, is sportswear giant Nike.
Rahane uses Nike bats and the logo on the bat was the cynosure on Sunday night. The slow motion replay of that was great to watch.
That picture of the bat flying was on most of the websites with a lot of fans liking it on Facebook. The best part of the match was that Rahane had just changed his bat, only to be quickly cut into two pieces from Delhi paceman Umesh.
These days a batsman carries more than half a dozen of bats. They won't complain if one breaks, there is always another one arriving soon from the sponsors.